We know it can be a whirlwind to plan for and prepare for birth and bringing your baby home. We also know that you're busy and may not have time for 12 weeks of childbirth classes or availability on weeknights. That's exactly why we offer boutique private classes!
At Doulas of Orange County, we specialize in catering to busy families! All of our private classes can be scheduled for a date and time that works for YOUR schedule, in the privacy and comfort of your own home. No worrying about traffic and drive-time, no interruptions to your work schedule.
We believe that education is the foundation to a confident birth experience and are proud to offer a comprehensive and unbiased approach to our childbirth & parenting classes. Our goal is to assist you in preparing for your unique birth and parenting experience with confidence, by providing you with the tools needed to make informed decisions every step of the way. Each experience is different and how you choose to birth or parent your baby is up to you. Our classes include evidence based information, engaging activities, hands-on guidance, and in-depth exploration of your birth & parenting options.
5 Hour & 8 Hour
Explore the history of the birth partner and explore the various ways partners can be involved.
Address fears relating to pregnancy, birth, & postpartum
Learn the Stages of Labor including emotional/physical markers
Develop an ideal vision for labor and birth & begin to create your own unique birth plan
Practice comfort through massage, visualization, meditation and relaxation
Practice properly paced breathing for complete relaxation
Understand common/routine procedures & interventions, as well as policies for OC hospital and birthing centers
Explore medicated and unmedicated pain relief options
Practice labor and birthing positions for comfort and progression
Education on the “Welcoming Hour” including newborn procedures
Utilizing Tools: Birth Ball, Peanut Ball, Rebozo, Counter Pressure, Massage, Hot/Cold Therapy, Aromatherapy and more
Each class includes hands-on activities that will create a deeper bond with your partner and prepare you for the incredible experience of childbirth. Our classes include uncensored, judgment-free discussion of all birthing options and scenarios including natural birth plans, pain medications VBACs, and cesareans. - Starting at $395
Baby Care Basics
Learn all about how to care for your newborn in the comfort of your own home. From what to expect in the first 48 hours to learning all about normal newborn behavior, this class will make you a pro at bonding, swaddling, diapering, soothing, and feeding your baby! Enjoy interactive and hands-on instruction along with opportunities to practice various techniques to get you feeling comfortable and confident! We bring all the materials & teaching aids! - $165
Together with your partner, you will learn everything you need to know about breastfeeding your sweet newborn. You'll learn all about achieving proper latch and positioning, recommended feeding frequency and duration, the first golden hour after birth, common concerns, establishing a supply, pumping and storing milk and how to tell if your baby is getting enough. Helpful resources will be provided to get you and your baby off to the right start. Informative videos and demonstration dolls will be used. - $165
Even though it’s been a while since you’ve had a small child of your own we know you want to be the best grandparent you can be! This workshop will give you a refresher on all the baby care basics - from diapering to swaddling to bottle-feeding and nap time. Get info on the latest gear and gadgets as well as changes in parenting guidelines provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). You will learn all about today's birth choices, modern parenting and ways to best support your child and bond with your grandchild. - $165
Comfort Measures for Birth
Boost your confidence as you prepare for birth with this hands on class! Explore breathing techniques, visualizations, affirmations, using a birth ball, vocalization, rebozo support, a variety of labor positions, massage, music and more! You will have hands on practice with each method to see what resonates most with you and have a bag of tools to draw from during your birthing time. Partners or support person are encouraged to participate! This class is equally beneficial for those planning a natural or medicated labor and birth.
Add an extra hour with your instructor to receive a personalized birth planning consultation. - $165
Additional classes and Consultations available including:
Birth Planning Consultation
VBAC Preparation Class
Babywearing 101 Class
not in Orange County?
Virtual classes are also available! Taught via Zoom and tailored to your schedule, your instructor will meet you virtually and walk you through the same great class you would get if you lived locally! We have 3 hour, 5 hour, and 8 hour class options just for you.